Why Low Impact

Low Impact Farming is an approach where farmers work with, not against nature, and where nature is integrated into farming. It uses ecosystem-based approaches often requiring more knowledge and labour per hectare than those based on chemical inputs—running contrary to monoculture and standard production.

This homepage demonstrates how these low impact farming systems are already being used across Europe. The homepage will also present PAN Europe’s position papers claiming how EU policies must change in the future to give increased attention to these systems which are able to deliver agricultural products for the market and public goods for the society.

Pesticides in Agriculture

In 2014, the total quantity of pesticide sales in the EU-28 amounted to close to 400 000 tonnes , with the huge majority used in the agricultural sector.

There is an excessive use of pesticides taking place. A study shows for example that, in France, arable farmers could reduce their pesticide use by 30% without reducing their yield.

Farm visits:
Philippe Rothgerber,
passionate farmer from Strasbourg, France
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Farm visits: Philippe Rothgerber, passionate farmer from Strasbourg, France

Farm visits: Vallevecchia
è un’azienda pilota e
dimostrativa di Veneto Agricoltura
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Farm visits: Vallevecchia è un’azienda pilota e dimostrativa di Veneto Agricoltura

Strasbourg, France

In September 2016 PAN Europe, together with IBMA, organised a farm visit at Philippe Rothgerber's farm to show the application of IPM in the cultivation of apples. Philippe Rothgerber, is a passionate farmer. His small farm is 11 hectares, growing apples and grapes and has been managed according to Integrated Pest Management rules since the early seventies. He uses, where possible, all the tools available for pest control: applying good agronomic methods, monitoring, mechanical and physical methods in addition to biocontrol products.

Philippe Rothgerber, holds an arboriculture and viticulture degree and has obtained a deep knowledge of these practices. He has recently decided to take the step to become an organic producer and is in the 3rd conversion year. Alongside his farming activity, Philippe likes to produce juices - he has a small factory on his farm. He also devotes time to helping other farmers with the use of biocontrol products.


Veneto, Italy

A novembre PAN Europe (Pesticide Action Network), in collaborazione con Veneto Agricoltura, hanno organizzato una visita presso l'azienda agricola Vallevecchia per esplorare le sperimentazioni qui condotte insieme ai produttori locali e ad altre associazioni. 

Vallevecchia si trova lungo un sito costiero rurale a Caorle, nella Provincia di Venezia. Si tratta un’azienda pilota e dimostrativa di Veneto Agricoltura, Agenzia della Regione Veneto per l’innovazione nel settore primario e forestale in cui si sperimentano procedure e protocolli innovativi per l’agricoltura sostenibile. Vallevecchia riceve finanziamenti da parte dei progetti europei LIFE+ AGRICARE, HELPSOIL, WSTORE2 ed è l’unica azienda in Europa ad aver ricevuto tre LIFE contemporaneamente.

In quest’azienda sperimentale di 700 ettari si svolgono ricerche focalizzandosi sulle grandi colture e le varietà locali, importanti per la biodiversità.

Durante la visita, sono state analizzate le strategie innovative che permettono agli agricoltori di ridurre il proprio impatto ambientale mantenendo o migliorando il proprio reddito.

Per scoprire l’azienda vi invitiamo a digitare il seguente link:  http://www.vallevecchia.it


In November 2016 PAN Europe, in collaboration with Veneto Agricoltura, organized a farm visit at Vallevecchia to explore with some farmers and associations the experiments that are taking place at this farm.

Vallevecchia is located along a rural coast in Caorle, in the Province of Venice. It’s a demonstrative farm that belongs to Veneto Agricoltura, the Agency of the Region of Veneto for the innovation of the primary and forestry sector. Veneto Agricoltura leads experiments and researches to find new procedures for a more sustainable way of farming. Vallevecchia is funded by the European projects LIFE+ AGRICARE, HELPSOIL, WSTORE2.

This experimental farm has 700 hectares devoted to researches based on extensive cultures and local varieties which are important for the preservation of the local biodiversity.

During the visit, we have analyzed innovative strategies to reduce farmers’ environmental impact while maintaining or increasing their incomes.

To explore the farm visit the following link: http://www.vallevecchia.it